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Congressional bill to protect journalists resurfaces

A California Democratic congressman is reintroducing the Journalist Protection Act saying that it is essential to provide protection given the hostility against journalists kindled by President Donald Trump. The bill would make it a federal crime to use violence against a journalist engaging in reporting. (Courthouse News Service, March 12, 2019, by Nick Cahill)

One of the co-sponsors of the bill, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthall of Connecticut, said, “The values celebrated during Sunshine Week – accountability through transparency, access to public information, and freedom of the press – are under attack like never before. Under this administration, reporters face a near-constant barrage of verbal threats, casting the media as enemies of the American people and possible targets of violence. This bill makes clear that engaging in any kind of violence against members of the media will simply not be tolerated.” (Bipartisan Report, March 12, 2019, by Gloria Christie)

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